Settle Stories use the transformative power of story to empower individuals and organisations to make change and fulfil their potential.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, we gather people together, bring into focus hidden stories and enable everyone to have a voice.

Our flagship festival and year round  events are refreshing, dynamic and unexpected. We work across the North of England and use cutting edge technology to invite audiences both young and older to The Joinery, our new venue a place to meet and create.

Our ethos of empowering others is unstoppable. Our Learning Programme touches the lives of over 6,000 children in schools every year. We help community groups discover the power of the arts and our local heritage. We welcome everyone to discover how story can change their life with workshops, courses and retreats.

We are an ambitious charity that is committed to collaboration and doing things differently. Will you help us change the world with story?

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Our Mission and Aims

At Settle Stories our mission is to change your world through story. Our aims are:

1. To increase respect and understanding between different cultures through story

2. To increase the skills and knowledge of storytelling and related arts for all

3. To increase access to Yorkshire stories and heritage

4. To bring high quality arts & heritage events to our rural community

You too can get involved and join us. Let's create stories together.

Our Values

  • Be open and inclusive
  • Encourage curiosity
  • Be the best you can be
  • Be mindful
  • Think creatively


Settle Stories is a charity (No. 1141649) and company limited by guarantee (No.751765). A board of volunteer Trustees make the decisions. A small part-time staff team work year round to deliver the work of the charity. We survive because of the generous support and donations from a range of organisations and individuals, you can find out more here. Lots of people volunteer for us and many give us services for free because they want to support the cause.